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UAE authority clarifies viral video about worms in bananas

Abu Dhabi denies social media rumors about banana problems

According to the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (Adafsa), a widely circulated video that depicts alleged harmful worms in Somali bananas is false and misleading. The authority has urged consumers not to fall prey to inaccurate information shared without verification on social media.

False claims
According to the Adafsa, the video falsely deems Somali bananas as harmful by claiming that they contain a worm called helicobacter. In fact, helicobacter is a type of bacteria found in the human stomach, the Adafsa clarified. It is also not common, as shown in the video, for a worm to complete its entire life cycle inside a fruit.

Dr Mohammed Al Hammadi, director of communication and community services at Adafsa, stressed that that authority verifies the safety of all food products made available in the emirate, including of imported and local fruits and vegetables. Safety checks include regular inspections, laboratory examinations, a complaint system, and protocols to follow up on global developments that affect food products and crops. In case any items are found to be unsafe, Adafsa quickly takes action to withdraw them from the shelves.


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